The DAAD is an association of German institution of higher education and their student bodies.
As of March 2018, the DAAD was comprised of the following full members:
- 241 institutions of higher education
- 104 student bodies
As a rule, the members meet in a General Assembly in Bonn once a year. They decide on all matters of the association. New members may join the association upon request of the Executive Committee. The prerequisite for membership is the university’s membership in the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).